Public Consulting Group Welcomes Alvin Crawford to Education Practice

Boston, MA. [September 26, 2016] -- Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Alvin Crawford as General Manager in its Education practice. PCG's Education practice has thousands of clients in the United States and a growing client base internationally. Mr. Crawford will focus on creating new capabilities to bring to education clients as well as promoting PCG's current service portfolio to a wider set of customers; he will report directly to Grant Blair, who leads PCG's Education practice. [More]

New white paper explores implications of the Zika virus for human services agencies

During the past year, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has captured the world’s attention as news of babies born with abnormally small heads and neurological defects made headlines across the western hemisphere. Human service agencies, including early intervention, child care, early childhood, and public welfare agencies will be responsible for supporting and assisting individuals and children affected by Zika. However, many agencies do not know where to start preparations, how to predict impact and prevalence, or how to connect with existing public health preparations. [More]

Family First Prevention Services Act: Paying for What Works

Historically, the federal government’s support for child welfare services through the Title IV-E program has been limited to a single service: placement in foster care. With decades of research and experience, we now know that foster care is not the only – nor the best – solution for many children who have experienced maltreatment.

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) provides an opportunity for states and local communities to move towards more varied, proven interventions and services for children and families. It will also require many states to make significant changes in how they buy, manage, and fund services. Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to consider the benefits that will likely accrue to state systems, and to children and families, when considering the fiscal impact of the FFPSA. [More]

Tennessee District selects PCG to provide ELA curriculum

This fall, Shelby County Schools is launching an innovative trial program to accelerate English language achievement for all students in grades 9-12. The district selected PCG and Wiley’s Paths to College and Career 9-12 English Language Arts Curriculum (EngageNY) for their program in order to change teacher practice and improve student achievement. [More]

Proposed Benefit and Payment Parameters 2018 Released

This year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters earlier than in prior years in order to provide more market certainty. The draft regulations, which were released last week and published in the federal register on September 6, outline changes to operations and rules for health insurance Marketplaces and the commercial health insurance market generally for 2018. [More]

HHS report shows Medicaid expansion affects QHP premiums

On August 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), released a report showing that premiums for qualified health plans (QHPs) offered through Exchanges were on average about seven percent lower in 2015 for states that had expanded Medicaid for persons with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL) versus states that had not. As actuarial risk pools, hence premiums, vary based on many local area factors, the report focuses on QHP benchmark premiums in 94 paired counties on opposite sides of borders between expansion states and non-expansion states that had used Federal exchanges in 2015. [More]

Bridging the electronic health information highway and promoting interoperability for Medicaid providers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently expanded the scope of the Health Information for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) 90/10 funding available to encourage the adoption and promote the use of electronic health record (EHR) technology and health information exchange (HIE). This new funding source provides Medicaid agencies with the ability to accelerate the exchange of information across the continuum of Medicaid providers and gather important clinical and administrative data elements for robust program planning; improvements in quality of care; and managing costs. [More]

Consumer assistance for open enrollment 2017

This year, for the first time since the health insurance marketplace began, states will not have the support of consumer assistance funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to educate the public about marketplace plan offerings. Without federal funding, many states are scrambling to find ways to assist consumers in the upcoming open enrollment period. [More]